WORKING ABROAD ... SWEDEN - You don’t need cunning linguistics to work in the land of strapping blondes

For John Marshall, head of commercial ventures at Tara TV, working in Sweden was like being trapped inside an ad for breakfast cereal. ’The entire workforce is sickeningly good looking, extremely fit and friendly,’ he says.

For John Marshall, head of commercial ventures at Tara TV, working

in Sweden was like being trapped inside an ad for breakfast cereal. ’The

entire workforce is sickeningly good looking, extremely fit and

friendly,’ he says.



But Marshall still spent a healthy and happy year working his way around

Scandinavia.



’The social support is excellent for parents, and staff are generally

well looked-after. Compared with office life in the UK, the workplace is

run on amazingly democratic value systems. The concept of telling a

member of staff to do something doesn’t exist. There are committee

groups for everything and managers involve staff in all levels of

decision making.’



Not surprisingly for the part of the world that brought us Ikea, the

office interiors are pleasant. ’There’s a strong sense of design

everywhere, especially in Stockholm,’ says Marshall. And despite rumours

to the contrary, you’re unlikely to spill alcohol over the stripped

pine.



’Drinking is down to a minimum, so it’s a great place to detoxify. In

place of the Soho three-hour lunch is a quick wholegrain sandwich

followed by a workout. But get those Swedes on the dancefloor after a

few drinks and there’s no accounting for what might happen.



’The standard of spoken English puts us to shame. I arrived with the

intention of learning Swedish but my Linguaphone gathered dust under my

bed.’



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